Statistics for occurrence #1 of “France” in chapter 1 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:
...Congress without information of all that was going on in the Navy, or of what was required to keep it in efficient condition.
It was seen very early in the struggle that the policy of England and France was unfriendly to the Union side, which was fully evinced in the case of the Trent later on, and all the influence and argument of the Navy Department was brought to bear upon Congress to place our N...
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